Ever since our Fr. Frederic Schindler died, nearly 15 years ago now, I was assigned to be the confessor for the Notre Dame Sisters in North Omaha. Fr. Frederic fulfilled that position for many years.This community of sisters is founded directly from Czechoslovakia.Some of the sisters there still speak the language. A good number of them hail from the areas of Nebraska of that descent.
I must admit that it has been a very good experience for me and I have benefited much from this assignment. Maybe I have benefited even more than the sisters have. These sisters do incredible work among people where humans with the greatest of needs are crying out to be heard.
While I have been there these years, the sisters have opened up a good portion of their buildings to the elderly-- this part of the their institution is named Seven Oaks. My own mother lived there for the last few months of her life. Actually, my mother died there on a Saturday -- Dec. 11, 2004. My mother's passing at this place makes it even more special.
Below is a close up of Mary. Notice the detail in the blankets on the bed and the robe Mary is wearing. You will have to use the horizontal arrow to move the painting back and forth and the vertical arrow to move it up and down. But it is worth viewing and thinking about. Today is March 25. Had it not been Holy Week, we would have celebrated the feast of the Annuciation. And also today was Fr. Frederic's birthday!